Spring 2018 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Spring 2018

GSWS Graduation Reception

April 27, 2018 - 11:30am - 2:00pm

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh would like to invite all 2017-2018 graduates from the program and their families to attend a lunch reception to celebrate your acheivement. RSVP here.

Screening of: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, with Director Brett Story

April 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. Cosponsored by the Humanities Center; the Department of English; the Pitt Prison Education Program; the Film and Media Studies Program; Pittsburgh Filmmakers; and the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Please join us for a special screeing of The Prison in Twelve Landscapes with Director Brett Story.

Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century

April 6, 2018 - 10:00am - April 7, 2018 - 5:30pm

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program; the Children's Literature Program; the Humanities Center; the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; and the Provost's Year of Healthy U

Website: https://www.playingwithchildhood.com 

Contact: Julian Gill-Peterson, at childhood@pitt.edu

This two-day conference will explore how to conceptualize, theorize, and approach research on children and childhood in the rapidly changing context of the twenty-first century.

Graduate Research on Gender/Sexuality

March 29, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
PJ Patella-Rey and Danny Jacobson

The Real Work of (Online) Sex Work: Beyond Selling and Consuming Bodies

PJ Patella-Ray

Despite decades of empirical research offering rich and nuanced descriptions of sex work, most mainstream discussions of commercial sexual interactions fail to recognize the full range of labor involved. This is in no small part due to the persistence of narratives that reduce it to the purchase and consumption of bodies—narratives championed by sex work exclusionary radical feminists, who frequently promote the rhetoric of “sex trafficking” to describe all sex work.

Fertility Holidays: Global Journeys of Family Formation

March 26, 2018 - 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Amy Speier (University of Texas at Arlington)

Dr. Amy Speier is a medical anthropologist specializing in reproductive health, globalization and medical tourism. In August 2016, her book Fertility Holidays: IVF Tourism and the Reproduction of Whiteness was released by New York University Press.

Third SC meeting of Spring term

March 23, 2018 - 10:00am - 11:30am

on the docket:

LGBT/Sexuality studies minor proposal

Lecturer hire

Wonder Woman: Gender, Fantasy, and Badass Feminism

March 21, 2018 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Please join us for a screening of Wonder Woman and panel discussion.

Book Release Event: "Set the World on Fire"

March 15, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Professor Keisha Blain (History)

Sponsored jointly by the Department of History and the Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Program

Please join us for the launch of Keisha Blain's new book, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, February 2018).

Featuring commentary on the book from:

Robert Trent Vinson, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Associate Professor History and Africana Studies, The College of William and Mary

Lecture: "Working Toward the Rights of Intersex People"

February 26, 2018 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Alice Dreger, PhD, Visiting Professor in Bioethics and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Bioethics & Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh

The intersex patient rights movement has been in existence for about thirty years. What have been the goals, and what has actually been achieved? Why has reaching those goals been so difficult, even when what is being sought—age-appropriate, honest information about medical histories; obtaining patients’ consent before optional sexual surgeries; meaningful psycho-social care—seems so reasonable? After a basic introduction to intersex (i.e., when a person is born with a body that isn’t standard male or standard female), this talk will explore these questions. 

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